Ford is investing heavily in assembly operations in Saarlouis, Saarland, to produce the next generation of its legendary Focus model. The €600m drive follows improvements in cost efficiency and productivity, and will focus on state-of-the-art production, logistical support and energy supply projects.
This will include two new press systems allowing the hot-stamping of high-strength boron steel to allow for more lightweight constructions, as well as five new heat and power cogeneration units to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 per cent. Ford employs over 25,000 people in Germany – more than anywhere else in Europe.
Jim Farley, president and CEO of Ford Europe, says Germany is “vital” to Ford’s global business. The new Focus will be designed and engineered at Ford’s technical and vehicle manufacturing center in Cologne.